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Printed card signed in ink as Regent of Greece.
Printed Card signed in ink (in Greek alphabet): "+ [un-translated word] Danaskinos" as Regent of Greece, 6½x4¼ card, affixed to an 8½x11 page (3 surfaces) which also contains a color magazine image of him. Below a printed crest and caption in Greek alphabet, is a typed English caption: "Autograph of His Beatitude the Regent of Greece Mr. Damaskinos". Damaskinos Papandreou (1891-1949), a cleric of the Greek Orthodox Church, was the church's representative in the US in the early 1930s. He was slated for installation as Archbishop of Athens in 1938, but the Greek dictator, Ionnis Metaxas, blocked the appointment. When the invading Germans ousted Metaxas and his chosen cleric in 1941, Damaskinos was named Archbishop of Athens and All Greece. Any expectation that he would be servile to German authority was soon confounded. In 1943, the archbishop issued the boldest statement ever issued by a national religious leader under German occupation, insisting that all "children of Greece" were equal and must be treated so, and denouncing any effort to create racial or religious differences. When the local SS commander threatened to shoot the archbishop if he published this document, Damaskinos demanded that he "respect Greek tradition" by hanging him rather than shooting him. (This was an ironic reference, the Turks had hung a previous archbishop involved in the struggle for independence.) Damaskinos also had local Greek churches issue baptismal certificates to Jews trying to evade deportation. When the Germans withdrew in 1944, Archbishop Damaskinos was named Regent of Greece, and also acting Prime Minister, holding these positions until the return of King Georgios II in 1946. Toned and creased. From the collection of Ralph Errington Ward (1926-2009) a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. Ward went on to become President and CEO of Cheseborough-Ponds, Inc., transforming the cosmetics firm into a major home product conglomerate. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: March 3, 1891
Died: May 20, 1949

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